The Broighter Boat

By Michael Longley

The Broighter Boat. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

The Broighter Boat. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

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For Marie

A friend wears as a brooch

Gold boat, golden oars,

Refinement intensified

Below her breastbone,

 

Mast, oars, tiller

Hammered thin as ash

Keys, sycamore wings,

Rowlocks whispering,

 

Her journey’s replica

With me a stowaway,

A transubstantial

Imaginary oarsman.

 

January 25th, 2012